In autumn 2010, the National Print Museum was awarded funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the redevelopment of the permanent exhibition. With its re-designed layout and interpretative material, the story of printing is now more accessible than ever before.
The lay-out mirrors that of a printing workshop with composing, printing and finishing areas. On display is a representative collection of this rich centuries-old printing heritage. Highlights include a an original 1916 Proclamation (on loan until 2016) along with a machine (Wharfedale Stop Cylinder Press) similar to that that the Proclamation was printed on.
Due to space constraints only 30% of the collection is on display at the Museum at any given time.
The reference library is a specialist library with a collection of books, pamphlets, journals, and newspapers relating to printing and associated trades. Also included in the collection are items of ephemera and photographs. The library catalogue can be searched here. It is necessary to contact the Museum to make an appointment to view library material.